Here are some awful phrasal verbs and other words and phrases from last weeks song "Man Down"


Get off

As in the line "I can't get it off my mind"
What does get off mean here? And what is that she can't get off her mind?

Get out of

As in the line "get out of sight"
What does get out of mean here?

End up

As in the line "end up behind bars"
What does end up mean here? and what does behind bars refer to?

Start out

As in the line "What started out as a simple altercation"
What does start out mean here? and what is a simple altercation?

Turn into

As in the line "turned into a real sticky situation"
What does turn into mean here? And what does sticky mean in the last part of the phrase?


Think on
As in the line "Me just thinking on the the time that I'm facing"
What does think on mean here? And what does she refer to by the phrase "time that I'm facing"?

Pull out

As in the line "I pulled out that gun"
What does pull out mean here? And why does she say THAT gun?
She shot the weapon very quickly.

Shoot down

As in the line "I just shot a man down"
What is the difference between shooting a man and shooting a man down?

Fit in

As in the line "fits right down in my shoe"
What does fit in mean here? Can you give an example of where a person may or may not fit in?

Play for

As in the line "playing me for a fool"
What does play for mean here?


Reach for

As in the line "reach for my firearm"
What does reach for mean here?

Lay down

As in the line "I didn't mean to lay him down"
What does lay down mean here?

Turn back

As in the line "But it's too late to turn back now"
What does turn back mean here?





"Man Down"
Rihanna
I didn't mean to end his lifeI know it wasn't rightI can't even sleep at nightCan't get it off my mind
I need to get out of sight
Before I end up behind bars

What started out as a simple altercationTurned into a real sticky situation
Me just thinking on the time that I'm facing
Makes me wanna cry

Cause I didn't mean to hurt himCould've been somebody's son
And I took his heart when
I pulled out that gun

Rum pum, pum, pum, rum pum, pum, pum rum pum, pum, pumMan Down
Rum pum, pum, pum, rum pum, pum, pum rum pum, pum, pum
Man Down

Oh mama, mama, mamaI just shot a man down
In central station
In front of a big ol' crowd
Oh Why? Oh Why?
Oh mama, mama, mama
I just shot a man down
In central station

It's a 22I Call her Peggy Sue
When she fits right down in my shoe
What do you expect me to doIf you're playing me for a fool
I will lose my cool
And reach for my firearm

I didn't mean to lay him downBut it's too late to turn back nowDon't know what I was thinkingNow he's no longer livingSo I'm ‘bout to leave town
Cause I didn't mean to hurt himCould've been somebody's sonAnd I took his heart whenI pulled out that gunRum pum, pum, pum, rum pum, pum, pum rum pum, pum, pumMan DownRum pum, pum, pum, rum pum, pum, pum rum pum, pum, pumMan Down
Oh mama, mama, mamaI just shot a man downIn central stationIn front of a big ol' crowdOh Why Oh WhyOh mama, mama, mamaI just shot a man downIn central station
Look I never thought I'd do itNever thought I'd do itNever thought I'd do itOh goshWhat ever happened to meEver happened to meEver happened to meWhy did I pull the triggerPull the trigger pull the trigger BOOMAnd end a nigga end a nigga’s life so soonWhen mi pull the trigger pull the trigger pull it pon youSomebody tell me what I'm gonna what I'm gonna do
Rum bum, bum, bum rum bum, bum, bum rum bum, bum, bumMi say wah man down (A weh mi say)Rum bum, bum, bum rum bum, bum, bum rum bum, bum, bumWhen mi went downtown
Cause now I am a criminal, criminal, criminalOh lord a mercy now I am a criminalMan DownTell the judge please gimme minimalRun out a town none a dem cah see me now
Oh mama, mama, mamaI just shot a man downIn central stationIn front of a big ol' crowdOh Why Oh WhyOh mama, mama, mamaI just shot a man downIn central station
What do the following lines mean?
In front of a big ol' crowd

I will lose my cool

pull the trigger

What would these lines be in standard English?
Makes me wanna cry

When mi pull the trigger, pull the trigger, pull it pon you

Somebody tell me what I'm gonna, what I'm gonna do

Mi say wah man down (A weh mi say)

When mi went downtown

tell the judge please gimme minimal

Run out a town none a dem cah see me now